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Comment Re:I'm afraid to click on any of this article's li (Score 1) 176

There's been some sort of growth change as of late (I blame the hormones-infested meat the industry pushes into supermarkets). During the last two decades, I'll be darned if I can reliably tell whether that hot chick I see on the street is 24 or 14.

That's true, but it's not the same thing as pedophilia. Our society has the bad habit of treating someone exactly the same whether they sleep with a kid or a 17 year-old. Media is partly to blame, because "child" is a highly inflammatory term in the context of sexuality, so they overuse that term. The result now is that someone with a healthy brain who is attracted to young adults can end up being treated the same as someone with an abnormal brain (who is attracted to children). Our collective enjoyment of outrage is removing the nuance and shades of gray from life.

Comment Re:Snopes picks strawmen to debunk when it suits t (Score 1) 203

> That would imply that the rape shield laws pervert the justice system.

No, if there are proper mechanisms for the justice system to be adjusted, by definition that's part of the system. (I'm not saying it's good or bad, but it's how the system was meant to function.) When lawyers decide to hold their punches, that's not part of the system. If I'm ever accused of a serious crime, I want my lawyer to do everything he can to make me look good and the prosecution look bad! If he doesn't, he's not doing his job. A lawyer's job isn't to be sweet. It's to follow the truth, obey the law, obey the current professional ethical guidelines, and to win the case. Otherwise justice isn't being served (according to the rules at the time).

Comment Re:Snopes picks strawmen to debunk when it suits t (Score 1) 203

No argument about old rape trials being horrible. Doesn't mean I'll excuse anyone else for putting rape victims through that. Lawful evil behavior is still evil.

That's quite a simplification. How about the fact that if a defense lawyer does not do everything within their capability to defend the client, it perverts the justice system? Our system is adversarial. Both sides are in a fight. Neither side of the American justice system is actually responsible for finding the truth. If one side holds their punches (doesn't do everything they can according to the legal standards at the time), it's a loss for justice. It's not an attorney's job to decide which tactics she is or is not willing to use. If she doesn't fight as hard as she can according to the standards at the time, she is perverting the justice system.

Comment Re:Western products (Score 1) 28

It's not the US that has better QA, it's the importer. If the item isn't purely generic (if it has a brand), nobody wants to bring a shoddy product into the market and tank their own business. If it's generic, then the global marketplace means it's very, very hard to get good quality from any source.

Comment Re:No Thanks, Google (Score 2) 116

Yep, my Nexus 4 was not fit for use. It barely worked, and actually did stop working after six months. I'm very hesitant to buy another Nexus phone. Though the Nexus 4 was made by LG, I found other LG phones aren't that bad. The G4 was a pleasure to use until the CPU died--I'm told the CPU dies on nearly all LG G4 handsets.

My conclusion from this admittedly small sample size: there is little Q/A on Nexus phones, and their design and build quality compares poorly to a phone whose production is entirely controlled by an established manufacturer.

Comment Re: Yeah, no (Score 1) 275

I'm not misunderstanding the information theory, but I may be misunderstanding the electrical/mechanical context. Does audio equipment use off-the-shelf microchips that are 32-bits, or does every extra bit require more circuitry? I was assuming this stuff is based on computer chips and thus 32 bits is natural--I was just arguing that it's harmless.

Because if your composite data is some infinite-precision data (signal) plus some low-magnitude data, clipping the data does not preferentially remove the noise. It simply changes the low bits to 0, which may or may not agree with the signal. Mostly what got me about your post was the idea that these extra bits are like adding a RNG to the signal. Well, that's true, but so is deleting them.

If making a 32-bit system is harder and more expensive than making a lower-bit system, then I'm fully with you. Either way, charging more for such a system is predatory.

Comment Re: Yeah, no (Score 1) 275

32bit systems are a joke. None of them have low enough noise. For high end systems the first 20 bits might be useful information , if you're lucky. After that the rest of thr bits are noise, and are, from a physics standpoint, hooked up to a gaussian random number generator.

Are you sure about that? If you use a 20 bit system, you're clipping the noise bits to "0", which won't necessarily be more accurate than letting them remain at their original value. Those bits don't go away--the system still deals with digital values, you've just limited it to fewer possible digital values. This is rounding, and I don't see why rounding away the noise is any more likely to round it in the right direction than wrong.

Comment Re:Translation: (Score 1) 203

At this point why wouldn't they just buy whatever the latest galaxy phone is instead? If you're going to be stuck with a phone full of bloat you might as well at least get a good one?

Bad buttons. If they want me to press and hold stiff hardware buttons before they take action after a 800 ms delay, they should pay me for that job. I'd use any phone before Samsung, possibly even an iPhone.

Comment Junk (Score 1) 191

I've got high standards and a big mouth. Is there any way I could participate in focus groups or alpha-testing to tell companies what's wrong with their devices before they launch? I've had most of the flagship phones (one from each manufacturer) and while I love them, I've had serious complaints about each. I don't know who they have doing the testing!

Are there testing programs I could apply to join? I'm not interested in a full time job, but I'm a heavy user and find multiple problems per week when I have a new phone.

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